Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny And Chenonceau - Paris

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Overview

Take a day tour from Paris to visit the three most famous chateaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle, privately owned Chateau de Cheverny and, perhaps most magnificent of them all, the Chateau de Chambord. You'll witness the glamour and grandeur of French royalty and aristocracy, and gain insights into "castle life" in these Renaissance riverside castles.
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Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
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The largest of the Loire castles, the turreted Chambord Castle was built for King Francois 1st as a hunting lodge. The intricate stone "double helix" staircase leading up to the spires and turrets of the rooftop terrace is thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Cheverny Castle is the most beautifully furnished of the Loire Valley castles, with a fine collection of 17th-century furniture. Herge, the Belgian creator of Tintin, based his Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart) on Cheverny Castle.

Chenonceau Chateau was built over the River Cher in traditional Renaissance style, and is known as the Chateau des Dames (the Ladies' Castle) because of the influence of the famous women who lived there. The chateau was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diance de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and saved from destruction during the Revolution by Madame Dupin.

Guests traveling in Winter (November 1-March 31) also receive a typical lunch and drink. During the summer (April 1 - October 31) lunch is not included but the guide will advise on places to eat.

Please note: On Mondays and Saturdays, the tour will visit Amboise instead of Cheverny.

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Inclusions for Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny And Chenonceau

  • Skip the Line entrance to 3 castles
  • Return transport from Paris by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup if option chosen
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Exclusions for Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny And Chenonceau

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

On Saturdays in summer (April - October), you will visit Amboise instead of Cheverny.

Not wheelchair accessible

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Chambord is devoid of furnishings so just enjoy the architecture and the gardens. Cheverny's history is loaded with gossip so it makes for a very interesting visit. The gardens are lovely! You must visit their kitchen! Chenonceau is smaller but also elegant and the actual family still lives there.

  • O melhor chateaux é o 1¤, mas o guia faz tão rápido q nem da tempo de ir ao banheiro. O 2¤ é bonito e o 3¤ que não tem a menor graça e é bem pequeno, é onde a empresa quer q vc fique 1hora. Em 12 minutos todos os passageiros já estavam lá fora esperando o ônibus.

  • We loved this tour! To see these three magnificent buildings and the surrounding gardens were amazing. And by taking the bus tour you also were able to see other parts of the countryside and small villages. The audio headsets made it easy to hear what was said in a large group. Since my husband has hearing issues this was perfect for him.
    To see a slice of history and fairytale castles this is excellent!

  • What a beautiful day. The bus trip was long with interesting scenery along the way. Only regret was we only saw three chateaus -- would have loved to have seen more but time constraints we saw as much as we could. Was nice to see how they lived back in the day. So opulent. Only hiccup was transportation back to hotel once we returned to the main bus transfer station. After a long day, you really didn't want to wait for your car to come as it should have been there waiting.

  • This day trip to three chateaus in the Loire Valley was a great excursion out of Paris for the day. Bus transport was a comfortable double decker sightseeing bus with USB ports available for charging devices in each row. Our tour guide was energetic, entertaining and understanding his English was easy. The chateaus are unique, full of history and breathtaking architecture. Since the day is a long one with much to see at Chambord and Cheverny take snacks and water or be prepared to pay an inflated price to quickly eat at Chenonceau-also no outside food allowed on the Chenonceau property unless you conceal it upon entry. Worth the 2.5 hour bus ride.

  • Good.

  • Breathtakingly beautiful castles inside and out. Well worth it!

  • Our guide was good but a little difficult to understand at times.
    also we felt rushed.

  • This tour was really good - a very good opportunity to see three castles on the Loire Valley. It is unlikely that you will do this on your own - to plan, hire the car and stick to the timetable. It may appear a bit expensive, and they could include a snack for lunch, given that you'll be away for the entire day, but it is totally worth it.

    We visited Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau. We skipped the lines and got through immediately. Inside the castles, we had approx. 1.5h of guided visit, during which we found a lot of interesting things about the castles. It was a bit difficult to follow the guide's pronunciation in English from time to time - strong French accent. They also had some technical problems with the microphone, which caused us to miss on some explanations during the bus trip, but after feedback they resolved this.

    After the guided tour, they allowed for approx 1-1.5h of free time. The gardens are worth visiting - we advise deciding beforehand what to do with the free time, because it definitely is not enough to enjoy everything the castles have to offer.

    All in all, we felt a bit pressed by time, constantly feeling that we were running from here to there. The trip by bus takes half of the day in total, and the rest of the time is allocated to visits. It is tiring, you'll leave early in the morning and arrive late, so don't plan anything else on that day.

  • It was ok

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